Top-10 Showdown At Schneider As No. 8 Men's Hockey Hosts No. 3 Miami

Shane Luke has opened the season on a three-game point scoring streak.

Shane Luke has opened the season on a three-game point scoring streak.

Game Notes (PDF)

FOR STARTERS
The eighth-ranked Friars continue their season-opening home stand with a weekend series against No. 3/3 Miami on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Friday’s game will be played at 5:20 p.m., while Saturday’s game will start at 7:05 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast locally on CoxSports on OSN [Channels 5 and 1005 HD]. 

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Twitter Updates: @FriarsHockey 

TALKING POINTS
• The Friars have opened the season with three consecutive wins for the first time since 2003-04 when Providence won its first four games.
• The Friars are 19-for-19 on the penalty kill this season.
• Last weekend, the Friars posted a 10-4 win over AIC on Saturday night.
• It marked the first time since Oct. 12, 2002 (11-0 home win over Iona) that Providence scored 10 goals.
• Junior Ross Mauermann netted a goal in each game this season and he also added three assists in the win over AIC for a career-best four point night.
• In the win over AIC, senior Mark Adams and freshman Niko Rufo netted their first career goals. Sophomore Brooks Behling finished the game with two assists - his first  points as a Friar.
• Friday night’s game will be the first time the Friars have been ranked inside the top-10 while also playing host to a top-10 team since then eighth-ranked Providence defeated then second-ranked Boston College by the score of 5-3 on Feb. 9, 2001.
• Sophomore Jon Gillies posted his sixth career shutout in Providence’s 3-0 win over Minnesota State on Oct. 12 - one shy of current Providence College record holder Tyler Sims’ seven career shutouts.
• Playing in both wins over Minnesota State, Gillies enters the weekend leading the nation in goals against average (0.50) and save percentage (.984).

SCOUTING MIAMI 
The No. 3/3 RedHawks enter the weekend with a 3-1-0 overall record and a 1-1-0 mark in NCHC play.
• Last week, while ranked No. 1/1, Miami posted a weekend home split with No. 6/6 North Dakota. On Friday night, North Dakota won, 4-2, before Miami rebounded with a 6-2 win on Saturday night.
• The RedHawks opened the season with a series sweep of in-state foe Ohio State by scores of 6-2 (Oct. 11) and 6-3 (Oct. 12).
• Riley Barber (5-3-8), Austin Czarnik (3-3-6) and Sean Kuraly (2-4-6) are leading the Miami offense, while Ryan Mckay and Jay Williams have split time in the RedHawk net.
• McKay is 2-0-0 with a 2.50 GAA and a .935 save%.
• Williams is 1-1-0 with a 3.05 GAA and a .887 save %.

POLLING DATA
The Friars moved up two places to No. 8 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week (Oct. 21).
• This week’s No. 8 ranking is the highest the Friars have reached in a national poll since also being ranked No. 8 in the Nov. 4, 2002 USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll.
• Friday’s game will be the first time two top-10 ranked teams have faced off at Schneider Arena since then eighth-ranked Providence defeated then second-ranked Boston College by the score of 5-3 on Feb. 9, 2001.
• Friday’s game will mark the first time the Friars have played an opponent ranked inside the top-10 while also being ranked inside the top-10 since Oct. 12, 2001 when then sixth-ranked Providence dropped a 6-3 decision to then third-ranked Michigan at the Maverick Stampede tournament in Omaha, Neb.
• Last week, at No. 10, the Friars reached the top-10 in the national polls for the first time since the first week of February, 2006, when they were ranked ninth in both national polls.

GILLIES GETS OFF TO HOT START
Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies posted back-to-back wins over Minnesota State to open the 2013 season.
• Gillies recorded his sixth-career shutout with a 3-0 win against Minnesota State on Oct. 12, stopping all 38 shots he faced.
• Gillies is one shy of the Providence College record for career shutouts, currently held by Tyler Sims ‘08.
• In 37 career starts, Gillies has yielded two or fewer goals 23 times. 

UNDERCLASSMEN NUMBERS
Last season, the Friar roster featured the third-most freshmen in the country. This season, Providence carries the third-most underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) in the nation with 20 (note complied by College Hockey Inc.):
22 -- Penn State
21 -- Army
20 -- Providence
19 -- Northeastern & Quinnipiac

FRIARS IN REGULAR-SEASON OPENERS
Providence is now 39-23-1 all-time in season openers, including five consecutive season-opening victories. Those five wins have come at Schneider Arena.
• Under Head Coach Nate Leaman, the Friars are 3-0-0 in season openers.
• Friday night’s game marked the sixth season in a row that the Friars have opened a season at home (5-1-0 in that span).
• Last season, the Friars defeated Sacred Heart, 8-2, in their first game of the year.

OFFENSIVE LEADER ROSS MAUERMANN
Junior Ross Mauermann has led the Friars in scoring in each of his first two seasons.
• Mauermann has notched at least 24 points in each of his first two seasons, the first Friar to do so since the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons (Peter Fregoe ‘03 and Jon DiSalvatore ‘03).
• Mauermann is the 16th Friar to lead the team in scoring in back-to-back years.
• Ron Wilson ‘77 was the last Friar to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons (Wilson lead the Friars in scoring in all four of his seasons from 1973-74 to 1976-77).

LUISE ADDED
With freshman goaltender Tyler Kapp out injured, sophomore goaltender Nicholas Luise has been added to the Friar roster. Luise played three years of varsity hockey for Austin Prep (Reading, Mass.) before attending Providence College and playing for the PC club team. 

 

NEWCOMERS
The 2013-14 Friar roster features eight newcomers, including six freshmen, red-shirt sophomore forward Trevor Mingoia and sophomore goaltender Nick Luise.
• Mingoia played with the Tri-City Storm (USHL) last season after playing the 2011-12 season for Union College.
• Of the six freshmen, three are defensemen including Kyle McKenzie, Anthony Florentino and Josh Monk.
• The two freshmen forwards are Niko Rufo and Conor MacPhee.
• Freshman goaltender Nick Ellis is also amongst the class of 2017.

 DEBUTS
Of the eight newcomers on the Friar roster, six have made their collegiate debuts:
• #5 Kyle McKenzie debuted on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota State.
• #11 Niko Rufo debuted on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota State (notched an assist).
• #16 Anthony Florentino debuted on Oct. 12 vs. Minnesota State (scored a goal).
• #27 Josh Monk debuted on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota State.
• #29 Conor MacPhee debuted on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota State.
• #35 Nick Ellis debuted on Oct. 19 vs. AIC (recorded the win while making 20 saves). 

FROZEN FENWAY
Providence College will play at Fenway Park on Jan. 4 against Merrimack in a non-conference game. It will mark the first outdoor game for the Friars.
Jan. 4 Schedule (Both games on NESN)
• 4:00 p.m. – Merrimack College vs. Providence College
• 7:30 p.m. – Notre Dame vs. Boston College 

HOCKEY BROS
• Nick Saracino’s older brother, Chris, is playing for the Reading Royals of the ECHL (with former Friar Ian O’Connor). Chris played four seasons at RIT (2009-13).
• Kevin Hart’s younger brother, Brian, is a sophomore forward at Harvard (ECAC).
• Brandon Tanev’s older brother, Chris, is a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL). Chris played one season at RIT (2009-10).
• Steven McParland’s older brother, Nick, plays for the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL (with former Friars Myles Harvey, Eric Baier and Cody Wild). Nick played four seasons at Lake Superior State University (2009-13).
• Derek Army’s younger brother, Travis, is a sophomore defenseman at Stonehill College (DIII - Northeast-10).
• Kevin Rooney’s older brother, Bryan, is a senior forward at Stonehill College (DIII - Northeast-10). 

NHL DRAFT: FLORENTINO & GILMOUR
On Sunday, June 30, freshman defenseman Anthony Florentino was selected in the fifth round (143rd overall) in the  2013 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, which was held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Two rounds later, sophomore John Gilmour was selected 198th overall by the Calgary Flames.
• Florentino and Gilmour were the 96th and 97th Friars selected in the NHL Draft.
• Florentino was the sixth Friar drafted by the Sabres, joining Friar great Gates Orlando (164th overall in 1981) and rising senior defenseman Mark Adams (134th overall in 2009).
• Gilmour was the fifth Friar drafted by Calgary and he joins classmates Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies as Flames draftees.
• Gilmour was the first Providence College player drafted after playing a season with the Friars since Jon Rheault and Cody Wild were selected in the 2006 draft. 

FRIAR FAMILY TIES
Providence College senior Derek Army is the son of former Friar hockey player and coach Tim Army ‘‘85 and sophomore forward Kevin Rooney is the nephew of former Friar Steve Rooney ‘85.
• Former PC standout and current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Tim Army, ranks sixth all-time in points (179) at Providence. He earned All-America honors as he helped the Friars capture the 1985 Hockey East Tournament title and guided the team to the NCAA Championship game.
• Steve Rooney scored the game-winning goal as the Friars defeated Boston College, 2-1, in double overtime in the inaugural Hockey East championship game in 1985. Steve went on to play in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens team that claimed the 1986 Stanley Cup title. (Steve is the father of 2013 PC graduate Chris Rooney).

FOLLOWING IN FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
Two sets of Providence College father-son combinations have played in at least 100 games, including senior Derek Army and his father, Tim Army ‘85. Tim is the Providence College all-time leader in career games played (151). The other father-son combination to each play at least 100 games is Randy Velischek ‘83 (130) and Alex Velischek ‘13 (113).

SUMMER CAMP PART I
Eight Friars attended National Hockey League (NHL) Development Camps over the summer. The eight current players at NHL development camps ranked as the third-highest total in Hockey East.
• Noel Acciari (RS Junior) - Calgary
• Jon Gillies (Sophomore) - Calgary
• John Gilmour (Sophomore) - Calgary
• Mark Jankowski (Sophomore) - Calgary
• Nick Saracino (Sophomore) - New Jersey
• Brandon Tanev (Sophomore) - Washington
• Anthony Florentino (Freshman) - Buffalo
• Conor MacPhee (Freshman) - Washington

SUMMER CAMP PART II
Sophomores Jon Gillies and Mark Jankowski took part in National Junior Team evaluation camps (Aug. 3-10). Gillies was part of Team USA’s camp, while Jankowski suited up for Team Canada.
• The camps were held in order to evaluate players before the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship, which will take place from Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
• Jankowski was one of just two collegiate players invited to Canada’s camp (BC defenseman Mike Matheson was the other).
• Last year, serving as the primary backup for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, Gillies became the 11th Friar to take part in the World Junior Championships and the first Friar to take home a medal in the prestigious tournament as the U.S. won gold.


 

 

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